John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) was the Confederacy's best-known practitioner of guerrilla warfare. At heart a Unionist, he nonetheless joined the Southern cause when his home state of Virginia seceded. He served first in the cavalry and later as commander of a partisan unit in Northern Virginia, an area he so thoroughly dominated militarily that it became known on both sides as "Mosby's Confederacy."
He and his small band routed Federal cavalry, appropriated supplies, and destroyed communications and supply lines. His operations tied up such large numbers of Federal troops that sufficient force could not be gathered to break Robert E. Lee's army till April 1965. No other Confederate officer received as many commendations from Lee as did Mosby. His narrow escapes and impossible exploits (including the capture of a Union general from his bed) earned him status as a cavalry commander equal to Stuart and Forrest, and a preeminence among the partisan leaders of history.
Mosby was only 31 when the war ended. Rebel fully explores his long and eventful career: his political battles; his close friendships with former enemies; his association with presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt; his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong; and his involvement in the West's range-fencing crisis. In the process this book reveals the fierce independence and eccentric vision of one of America's most controversial, uncompromising figures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
was looking for information on Mosby's life after the war. Was not disappointed!Published 2 months ago by Robert Spahr
Though this book's prose may not sing, the thorough research and serviceable writing have produced an account of Mosby's life, especially his post 1865 life, that conveys a strong... Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Generic Personage
A fine read of the Civil War Soldier, John Singleton Mosby . It not only covers the war era, But his life after the war and the friendship he had with President Grant.Published on June 21, 2010 by Jeffrey E. Combs